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Noor Riyadh 2023 unveils world’s largest Light and Art Festival with 120+ Artworks by 100+ Artists

Thursday, November 30, 2023

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The third edition of Noor Riyadh, the world’s largest light art festival, is set to illuminate Saudi Arabia’s capital from November 30 to December 16, 2023. Featuring over 120 artworks, including large-scale installations and immersive projections, the festival aims to democratize art, fostering creativity and contributing to the city’s cultural and economic landscape. Under the theme ‘The Bright Side of the Desert Moon,’ curated by Jérôme Sans, Pedro Alonzo, Fahad Bin Naif, and Alaa Tarabzouni, the event explores light as a unifying force.

Spread across five main hubs and additional locations in Riyadh City, the festival transforms the urban environment, juxtaposing the luminous city against its arid surroundings. Notable artists like Janet Echelman, Diana Thater, SUPERFLEX, Carsten Höller, and Ugo Schiavi contribute unique perspectives on the interplay between light, time, and space.

Among the site-specific commissions by 35 Saudi artists, Abdullah Alamoudi’s ‘Look Up and You’ll Find Me,’ Aziz Jamal’s ‘The Whites of Their Eyes,’ Zahrah Al Ghamdi’s installation, Ayman Yossri Daydban’s ‘Tree House,’ and Khaled Makhshoush’s LED billboard stand out, offering diverse narratives and interpretations.

Running concurrently is the exhibition ‘Refracted Identities, Shared Futures’ in the JAX District from November 30, 2023, to March 2, 2024. Curated by Neville Wakefield and Maya Al Athel, the exhibition delves into concepts presented at the festival, exploring mythology, astrophysics, swarm intelligence, and the multifaceted properties of light.

Spectacular artist-led presentations include DRIFT’s ‘Desert Swarm,’ a drone performance reconnecting nature and technology, and Christopher Bauder’s ‘DIALOGUE,’ a dynamic conversation in light between Riyadh’s architectural monuments.

Noor Riyadh 2023 extends beyond visual experiences, offering a robust program with workshops, talks, family activities, and guided tours. The event actively engages with the local community, schools, universities, and apprenticeships, contributing to the development of Riyadh’s creative economy and supporting diverse local talents.

Khaled Al-Hazani, Executive Director of Riyadh Art, expressed enthusiasm for Noor Riyadh 2023, envisioning it as a significant step toward transforming the city into a ‘gallery without walls,’ celebrating people, places, and possibilities.

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